Go Retro With These Summertime Drive-In Movies in Chicagoland

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Drive-in movies are up and running around the western suburbs. They’re the ideal option for families that want to see an outdoor movie with built-in social distancing. Enjoy an exciting movie from the comfort and safety of your own car. Pack the pillows, pop open your trunk, and enjoy the show at these drive-in movie theaters.

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Where to See Drive-In Movies in Summer 2021

ChiTown Movies
2343 S. Throop Street
Chicago, IL 60608

The movies are already running at ChiTown Movies. When buying a ticket online, you’ll select a parking row that best suites your car size. Family-friendly, thrillers, and classics are all showing at ChiTown Movies. Gift passes can also be purchased to be redeemed any night.

McHenry Outdoor Theater – Golden Age Cinemas
1510 N. Chapel Hill Road
Lakemoor, IL 60051

McHenry Outdoor Movie Theater is about 45 minutes to an hour from Chicago’s west suburbs (give or take depending on your location). They only sell tickets at the gate on a first come, first serve basis. Movies rotate through family favorites and classics.

Downers Grove Park District’s Drive-In Movies
Downers Grove Golf Club
2420 Haddow Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

The Downers Grove Park District will be hosting summertime drive-in movies at the Downers Grove Golf Club. On June 11 and 12, 2021, you can catch Ghostbusters, while on July 16 and 17, 2021, you’ll see The Dark Knight. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All showings begin at approximately 9:00pm.

Western Springs Park District Drive-In Movie
Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

The Western Springs Park District will be showing the movie Tom and Jerry on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 8:30 pm (dusk). Registration is coming soon and will be announced in the June 2 weekend planner, which publishes at 2:30 pm that day.

Batavia Park District’s Drive-In Summer Movies
West Main Community Park
40W101 Main Street
Batavia, IL 60510

Batavia Park District will be running two drive-in movies this summer. On July 22, 2021, they’ll be showing The Santa Clause, and on August 12, 2021, The Croods: New Age is the featured movie. Both showings begin around 8:30pm. Tickets are sold per car, and should be purchased in advance to ensure your spot.

Cascade Drive-In
1100 N Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

As of May 7, 2021, Cascade has not announced their official reopening plans. Check their Facebook page and website for the most up-to-date information. We hope to see this classic drive-in movie theater up and running soon!

Holiday Drive-In Movies

These drive-in movie spots held special winter showings back in 2020. Keep them in mind next holiday season!

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